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Aug. 20: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL near Mosul Dam

By U.S. Central Command News Release

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Aug. 21, 2014 — August 20, 2014
Release #20140824

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U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL near Mosul Dam

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 20, 2014 — U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter, remotely piloted and attack aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam.

The strikes destroyed or damaged six ISIL Humvees, three IED emplacements, one mortar tube, and two armed trucks. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.

The Department of Defense confirmed Aug. 18 that Iraqi forces have cleared and now hold Mosul Dam, and that Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces are working together to further expand their control of the area.

Since Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 84 airstrikes across Iraq.  Of those 84 strikes, 51 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.